Shakes on the Rocks

cabaret & variety · shakes on the rocks · Ages 21+ · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 12, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The format lends itself perfectly to the Comedies and as a minor Bard lover, it’s actually closer to the wild, ‘put on a show’, original spirit of Shakespeare’s work than more ‘refined’ and expensive staging. The energy the cast brings is infectious and audience participation becomes HIGHLY encouraged. Given it’s improv and minorly drunken at that, the physical comedy of much of the cast was mind-blowing.

What I didn't like

It’s hard to critique a show where being on book and a little sloppy is kind of the point. Perhaps there could be a little more tech ambition, though given the format I don’t really know how. All in all, there’s not much to improve so long as the original spirit of making Shakespeare fun and accessible remains intact!

My overall impression

This was an extremely entertaining and bold concept (randomly pick between Shakespeare plays, cast them at random, and then rehearse for roughly ten minutes… all with a drink in hand. For my show, we got to witness Much Ado About Nothing!

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